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Im not a Big Book reader ( or a little book lol ) Time restraints and distractions mainly and have too many things to do to sit down long enough to absorb them, and if i was reading one? thats what i want to do and fully read with intent the Book in Question,
all that said.... whats the Best book youve read? and why??? and whats it about etc: ?
Al Pacino - Biography
Frank Sinatra - An American Legend
Rage of Angels - Sydney Sheldon (amazing!!)
Jeffery Deaver - Twisted
Jeffery Deaver - The Bone Collector
John Grisham - A Time to Kill (The film is also brilliant)
James Patterson - Kiss The girls
Iv read eubanks hatton and calzage books, eubanks was ok, hatton and calzages were shite. Hatton never stops with the "no one ever thought young ricky hatton, boy next door, have a pint, tell a joke, normal lad, same as you and me". Gets too much
best book ive read "there is a happy land" by keith waterhouse it will remind everyone of there childhoods on council estates. Best sporting biography hurricane if you were a fan of alex higgins you wont be after reading this hes an even bigger twat than what i thought. The green mile books by stephen king are quality too
read loads of boxing books....... totrally agree with paul, never liked calzaghe s book much either, thought hattons was ok but thats it, 'the big if' about johnny owen is good and so is four kings, liked hands of stone as well!!
In Search of Schrodinger's Cat- John Gribbin (great intro to quantum physics)
A brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking (a classic)
God is not great (and why religion spoils everything) - Christopher Hitchens( the mans a legend)
What does E=MC2 mean and why is it important - Brian Cox ( brilliantly explained)
LOTR - Tolkien (read them about 15 times since i was 12)
complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle (40 years of writing the one character and still keeps him fresh and interesting)
The blind watchmaker - Richard Dawkins (written like a symphony)
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins (thank god for this man)
The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy - Douglas Adams (outstanding writing for the time, Adams is held in high regard in the scientific community a true literary legend)
The Moons a Balloon - David Niven (lived the most amazing life)
Bad Science - Ben Goldacre (the truth about omega3 Gillian mckeith, vitamins, acupuncture, homeopathy and the drugs industry)
In gods Name - David yallop (insight into the murder of Pope John 1)
Surely your joking Mr Feynman - Richard Feynman (one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, and lived an unbelievable life)
also some Shakespeare,Michio Kaku,Terry Pratchett and that Potter Kid
# Life of Pi by Yann Martel (has a deeper meaning to it)
The folowing are easy read though:
# Porno by Irvine Welsh (follow up to Trainspotting) was laugh out loud funny in places
# Frank Skinners autobiography was OK
# and appropriate for this forum Private Dancer by Stephen Leather, its been said before that anyone going to Thailand should read. You can down load .pdf file from Web for free and its also published now
also, golden compass, the subtle knife & amber spyglass by philip pulman
the chronicles of narnia-all of them
lord of the rings-all of them
the bartiemus trilogy by jonathon stroud
also love the robert ludlum books that the bourne trilogy is based on, had never read one before till jordan lent me one at jitti's last year and i could not put it down, they are awesome but not really like the films, but you have to keep reading them and i love books like that!
Dark Trade by Donald McRae's a good read, as is the Hurricane, though after a bit of google research I'm still unsure whether he popped em' or not. All the other boxing auto's I agree are pretty boring, though I'm keen to read Michael Watsons 'The Biggest Fight' as I hear is motivational, and I'd also like to read the Teddy Atlas autobiography.
Marching Powder (about a prison in Bolivia)
Jack Dempsy and the roaring 20's
Bartley Gorman King of the Gypsey's
Unforgivable Blackness and The Shed Crew are both class books
Tarmac Warrior (about illegal fight game some crazy fights)
God Delusions very intresting book as it matched my own veiws on religion
Being Italian love my mafia books Donnie Brasco's quality and also The Last Godfather.
Also read a book called Crack House about a copper in London who went round busting crack dealers
heard marching powder is quality, san pedro prison in la paz bolivia, the only prison that is run totaly by the prisoners, when someone goes inside their wife and kids move in with them and rent a room, some guys inside are big timers and have mint pads with all the trimmings.
JP - funny that!! the movie was on Sky when I was reading the book and I avoided it like the plague !!
I read it after my son who is 15 and never reads said it was a great book!!
I think it should be read by more people as it really changes your perspective of the situation in Afgahnistan - I was left understanding that there was a "Before" and you start to have a little understanding why we are there. It gives a human face to things..
Herrcutt , i think you will find its proximity to the Caspian and the recent "discovery" (apparently) of trillions of dollars of precious commodities under afghan soil might have something to do with it.
Why "we" are there?!
Dont be fooled by mainstream media with the "our boys" talk ; these are just boys and they are being traded for a political agenda, a handful of medals for a mother receiving a corpse .Dont be fooled that it was the outrages of the Taliban or "Al Qaeda"(never proven to be anything other than a cia concoction) which provoked the invasion, no one has ever been "liberated" solely for humanitarian reasons. Ask yourself why nobody stepped in in Rwanda or Cambodia til it was all done.
And no one has found Bin Laden yet.
Hey HAWKMAN no need for the education... - I was careful to say a "little" understanding ! Not full all out belief. When I read the book it put for me another face on my perspective of the people and I was left with an image that there was a "Before". And as usual in all conflicts.. most of the people affected are just ordinary.
The reality is that despite our reasons for having troops there being whatever you like to pereceive.... the ordinary people seem to need someone to stand up for them... that was the feeling I had when I read the book...
I also dont subscribe to the "its their problem let them sort it out syndrome" anymore as you almost cried out when reading the book for someone to step in and protect the Father of the main Character as his life deteriorated from a proud man to hiding from the and fleeing his country. So when you read the book and feel that someone should help.... then your perspective changes a "little"
Its not pity but a sense that people (Ordinary individuals) have the right to not live in persecution ??
fact is to undo what has been done would mean a collapse of the entire banking system, the military industrial complex, basically everyone deciding not to use money anymore and deny the existence of all forms of territory and government. the world would grind to a halt. its not going to happen
All the money in the world comes from a central bank, these lend money to countrys and goverments. Its claimed they create wars so the goverments have to lend money off them to sustain conflict. Then this increases the profits of the international bankers. So a few bellends get super rich.
Rumoured to of created
The great depression
Attacks on pearl harbour
In The Hell of it All, Charlie Brooker points out the obvious problem with the conspiracy theories: paperwork. Most people can tell when a pen is misplaced from their desk, so arranging to demolish a large office building or shift large amounts of money around with no one noticing suggests a level of organization and competence that governments don't normally display. As he says: "Imagine the paperwork. Imagine the level of planning, recruitment, coordination, control, and unbelievable nerve required to pull of a conspiracy of that magnitude. Really picture it in detail. At the very least you're talking about hiring hundreds of civil servants cold hearted enough to turn a blind eye to the murder of thousands of their fellow countrymen. If you were dealing with faultless, emotionless robots - maybe. But this almighty conspiracy was presumably hatched and executed by fallible humans. And if there's one thing we know about humans, it's that our inherent fallibility will always derail the simplest of schemes."
Another of my own favourite books is How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered The Earth by Francis Wheen. It's very hard to take things like management consultants seriously once you've read it.
Been a good thread this. I've bought 3 of the recommendations thus far and still awaiting to buy 'Marching Powder' off E-bay. Sounds like some good reading coming up when I go on my jollies on 30th Nov. Cheers peeps.
regarding conspiracy theories and no one knowing, just think how many people worked on the Manhattan project for so many years, first thing anyone knew about it was when there was a fucking huge bang one morning in Hiroshima.
Hi Soldier. My apologies, I've got just two of the reccomendations thus far, with 'Marching Powder' yet to come.
I've got 'Tarmac warrior' and 'The Damage Done'. The 3'rd book is called 'Reefer Man' that the missus bought, but not a reccomendation.
TBH, it's the missus, not myself, who buys all the books on E-bay. She's a big reader and most of the purchases are in great condition.
Thought i'd ressurect this thread as I purchased quite a few of the reccomendations last year, for reading on my jollies.
I only ever seriously read when on holiday and have got 2 weeks coming up in September. Hence the request for any other books folk reccomend that they have read since this thread went quiet ?? Cheers in anticipation.
Fancy the Stephen fry autobiography,Stevie.Read a few peoples auto's some good some bad.
The DaVinci code i liked and just started Girl with the dragon tattoo.
Also,I'm reading Transform your life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Just recently back from my jollies and read 'Sniper one'. Absolutely brilliant. I believe it's a No.1 best-seller to boot.
Also, am half-way through 'The Iceman'. Now that is one tough geezer, sick in the head though !!!
Both books were reccommended on here I think. Cheers guys.